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e Book Oceanography

e Book Oceanography

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Introduction ToPhysical Oceanography
Robert H. StewartDepartment of OceanographyTexas A & M UniversityCopyright 2008September 2008 Edition
 
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Contents
1.1 Physics of the ocean. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 11.2 Goals. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 21.3 Organization. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 31.4 The Big Picture. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 31.5 Further Reading. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5
2.1 Definitions. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 82.2 Eras of Oceanographic Exploration. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 82.3 Milestones in the Understanding of the Ocean. . . . . . . . . . . 122.4 Evolution of some Theoretical Ideas. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 152.5 The Role of Observations in Oceanography. . . . . . . . . . . . 162.6 Important Concepts. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 20
3.1 Ocean and Seas. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 223.2 Dimensions of the ocean. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 233.3 Sea-Floor Features. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 253.4 Measuring the Depth of the Ocean. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 293.5 Sea Floor Charts and Data Sets. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 333.6 Sound in the Ocean. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 343.7 Important Concepts. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 37
4.1 The Earth in Space. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 394.2 Atmospheric Wind Systems. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 414.3 The Planetary Boundary Layer. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 434.4 Measurement of Wind. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 434.5 Calculations of Wind. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 464.6 Wind Stress. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 484.7 Important Concepts. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 49iii

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